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Best Puerto Rican Resturant in LA????

ladybythebay1 Jan 29, 2007 03:59 PM


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  1. Chowpatty RE: ladybythebay1 Jan 29, 2007 04:45 PM

    I don't know about the best, but I just noticed one at the corner of Sunset and Gardner in Hollywood -- has anyone tried it?

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      boricua RE: Chowpatty Feb 26, 2007 03:39 PM

      What is the name of the restaurant on sunset and gardner? I looked for it but couldn't find it. I'm Puerto Rican and have yet to find a proper Boricua restaurant in Los Angeles. I could really go for some Mofongo or Alcapurrias rt now... Someone open a Puerto Rican Restaurant in LA !! Please!!. Oh and by the way Cuban food is not the same as Puerto Rican food...that's like saying all food from the mediterranean is the same. Each region and country might use the same ingredients but the outcome isn't the same. Sorry bout the lecture. buen provecho

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        Mannyp RE: boricua Feb 28, 2011 05:20 AM

        Stop. If you want authentic PR restaurant in LA go to ( of course) Mofongos. 5757 Lankershim Blv in North Hollywood. It is a very small place (20 or so persons at a time) but the mofongo is very goooood!

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        Nacional RE: Chowpatty May 14, 2008 10:42 PM

        The best Puerto Rican food in the LA area is actually a little outside of LA - it is in Cypress (not that far). It is called Senor Big Eds. They have catered meals for me. Amazing Arroz con Gandules, pasteles, pernil, habichuelas etc etc etc

        Was not crazy about the frituras they had or the desserts but the solid comfort food they make is AMAZING.

        Epa !

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          Hoc RE: Nacional May 15, 2008 01:59 AM

          Have you tried their Mofongo? If so, how is it? I live near Cypress, but I haven't found a single decent Puerto Rican restaurant in SoCal.

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            brwencino RE: Hoc Oct 30, 2010 05:39 PM

            Very mediocre.

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          lorecoronado1 RE: Chowpatty Oct 25, 2008 03:56 PM

          No i've never tried that restaurant, but I've tried Sr. Big Ed in Cypress after seeing them on the LA Times News Paper i decided to go try it. It was real authentic Puerto Rican food! OMG it transported me back to the Island. I'm so glad I found this place they have Pasteles, Arroz con gandules, mofongo, bacalao, pernil, alcapurias o man it was great. They even have a trio on every 3rd friday of each month....

        3. Dommy RE: ladybythebay1 Jan 29, 2007 08:27 PM

          It's not a restaurant but there is a Puerto Rican food stand in the Mar Vista Farmer's Market... they have Platanos which will make you cry they are so good...


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            ebbso RE: ladybythebay1 Jan 30, 2007 10:54 AM

            La cochinita on Sunset in silverlake (where the baskin robbins is) its cuban food. but great rice and beans as well as awesome plaintains.

            it reminds me of the puerto rican diners in nyc.

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              boricua354 RE: ladybythebay1 Mar 22, 2007 02:26 PM

              Any further results? I am a Puerto Rican in Los Angeles and can't believe there is not ONE decent Puerto Rican restaurant here! It's sad? Does anyone know where I can find some Mofongo?

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                ecco22 RE: boricua354 Mar 22, 2007 03:57 PM

                Being PR as well, I ate at la isla bonita when it 1st opened and haven't been back since. I live a block and a half away too. The guy is really nice, and the food was ok. The Alcapurria was ok, but not great. I'm not big on pasteles de masa, and it seemed pretty pricy for what it was. Please, tell me if I'm wrong. The tostones were great. I just thought paying over 12 dollars for 2 drumsticks and some rice and beans was a little over the top. The service wasn't up to par at all, and we never got our drinks.
                Please post if you've eaten there recently and the food has been better. I had the fricassee and my brother had the arroz con pollo. Both were just dark meat and the arroz didn't look like anything my mother ever made.
                I'd be open to trying it again, I guess.

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                  LaLa Eat RE: ecco22 Nov 12, 2007 10:45 AM

                  Where is la isla bonita located?

              2. QLittlestar RE: ladybythebay1 Nov 12, 2007 09:49 AM

                Seeing how there does not seem to be any Puerto Rican restaurants, does anyone know where I can get some recao and ajies dulce, someplace that sells goya for the caribbean, some gandules? Maybe a caribbean market. I guess pasteles at Christmas is out of the question!

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                  DiveFan RE: QLittlestar Nov 12, 2007 01:11 PM

                  Every Latino and Asian oriented market that I've been to usually has racao (a.k.a. culantro, ngo gai) and Goya products, must be some kind of law. Dried gandules (pigeon peas) under the Goya label are common but look like they were harvested B.C.E. :-(.

                  OTOH I've never seen ajicitos dulces; I've had my Chowdar searching for these since seeing them on Daisy Martinez' show. One place to try might be the Datmoi market on Crenshaw in Gardena, despite the name they carry a quite a few Caribbean products.

                  If someone could get JLo to open a restaurant (Madre's), maybe someone else with connections could convince Rosie Perez to do the same!

                  EDIT - Apparently La Isla Bonita, corner of Sunset and Gardner, has closed - it is not in the LACO Food Facility Rating database.

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                    DiveFan RE: DiveFan Nov 12, 2007 01:48 PM

                    Place link for QLittlestar and LaLa_Eat, restaurant website link inside:

                    897 Granite Dr, Pasadena, CA

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                      QLittlestar RE: DiveFan Jan 25, 2008 07:15 PM

                      Thank DF for the info, I found all of the Goya products at Liborio, even frozen sofrito until I can get my recao and ajies dulce plants. I will try Madre's but it definitely looks more Cuban. If you come across something else, i would love to hear about it.

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                    prmami362004 RE: QLittlestar Mar 25, 2008 03:36 PM

                    There is a Cuban market at the intersection of Tujunga and Victory in the San Fernando Valley. They have all the ingredients to make sofrito. They also have all the Goya products. Also Food for Less and Vallarta have the Goya products.

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                    donnatroy RE: ladybythebay1 Jun 16, 2008 08:35 PM

                    I'm Mexican so finding Mexican restaurants are easy, but unfortunately, my boyfriend was having a difficult time finding decent Puerto Rican restaurants. I had to deal with him constantly asking me for places with Mofongo.

                    I found this link:

                    It lists all the puerto rican restaurants recommended by other people that they have found here in California. I haven't visited any of them yet, but my boyfriend is totally stoked about this and wants to go visit them. Coincidentally, Senor Ed's is mentioned in there, too.

                    1. Dommy RE: ladybythebay1 Jun 16, 2008 08:50 PM

                      PR update! On the corner of Washington and Centenella, where Taqueria Estillo Mexico used to be is now Sazon and they claim to be serving REAL Puerto Rican. I haven't checked it out, but plan to this Friday... I'll report back fer sure!


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                        jalba97 RE: Dommy Nov 15, 2008 08:23 PM

                        Hear there's one called Manchins Cafe in Walnut Park on Pacific and Florence. Haven't been there yet hopefully soon.

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                        Bardeen RE: ladybythebay1 Mar 16, 2009 03:47 PM

                        Copper Kitchen has awesome Puerto Rican food! Plus east coast influenced comfort food. 6919 Melrose

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                          tablefor1 RE: Bardeen Mar 16, 2009 05:14 PM

                          way to resurrect a thread.

                          Has anyone else been to Copper Kitchen? I've been meaning to try, what's good there?

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                          joseram RE: ladybythebay1 Jun 8, 2009 09:52 AM

                          Hey I've been looking for a while and finally found something.
                          I went to a small place in North Hollywood called La Espiga Cafe. There is a Puerto Rican guy named AC who sets up his thing, called "Mofongos," from 4-9pm and serves Puerto Rican food. I had the Bistec Encebollado w/arroz con gandules and an alcapurria, everything was really tasty. Prices are pretty fair, I spent about $12 and change on my meal with a Coco Rico. They're right on Lankershim in North Hollywood between Burbank and Oxnard. They have a website you can look at for more info, mofongosrestaurant.com.
                          Hope this helps!

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                            annapurna7 RE: joseram Jun 8, 2009 10:05 AM

                            Thanks for the recco. I'll give it a try. I have my reservations though, It's hard to find good mofongo in Puerto Rico, let alone here!

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                              virgiee RE: annapurna7 Apr 10, 2010 02:44 PM

                              Senor Big Ed
                              in cypress... it also has great reviews on line

                              Senor Big Ed
                              5490 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

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                                Bbiwbkacq RE: virgiee Oct 28, 2010 11:14 PM

                                I visited this restaurant last weekend after reading the reviews here. I thought I was ordering Puerto Rican food but it did NOT taste like Puerto Rican food. The habichuelas tasted like they were straight from the can with no sofrito or any flavor. I got the Puerto Rican Sampler Plate but the food was horrible. I don't know how anyone could rave about this restaurant. Puerto Rican food is very tasty because of the sofrito base. This food was a poor copycat. Don't waste your money and find somewhere else to go. It wasn't even a little bit Puerto Rican!

                                Senor Big Ed
                                5490 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

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                              traumahound RE: joseram Nov 21, 2010 10:01 AM

                              ditto on the rec for mofongos...love it......

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                              LaLa Eat RE: ladybythebay1 Oct 29, 2010 11:57 PM

                              New Puerto Rican restaurant alert! Yesterday I was driving near my work and saw a Puerto Rican flag on a store front and discovered it was a restaurant that had just opened a couple of weeks ago. "La Puma Rosa" is in a tiny storefront with a sliver of space for a couple of tables. Grabbed a to go menu. It is on Wilmington, a couple of blocks up from Imperial Hwy in Watts (left menu at work so no address right now) , yes not the best of neighborhoods. Ok, a really bad neighborhood couched between two housing projects. I will definitely check it out soon.The proprietor was very friendly and stated they were the real deal and family owned.

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                                shellmold RE: LaLa Eat Nov 19, 2010 02:50 PM

                                Good food. Basic menu; saltier type home cooking. Get it before it's gone. Like home cooking jibarito style. Basic store front with counter and one table--nothing fancy; basic.

                                or 323-373-8384

                                La Puma Rosa
                                11206 S Wilmington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90059

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                                amrie24 RE: ladybythebay1 Jun 8, 2012 09:43 PM

                                my sister lives in ventura, ca and she misses puerto rican food but she doesnt like to travel far to get some. does any1 know where she can find one close by.

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